The Frugal Nutrition Substituter has been on the look out again. This time I have spotted the Sara Lee 45 Calorie Delightful Wheat bread. I have seen this one before and been interested, but unwilling to shell out the $2.50 plus for a trial run. Especially when there were so many other breads that I know will go over well with the family for less. This time I saw it on the $1.00 shelf at the Sara Lee Bakery Outlet store in Fort Dodge, Iowa. (This means that it is due to expire within the next day or so.) It is in a mostly clear package with the name of the bread and the Sara Lee logo on the top. One extra addition is a partial tape measure. I believe this is to remind people that they can eat this bread and still stick to their diets. On the nutrition spotlight it gives the nutrition value for 1 slice of bread. Many other types of bread have the same information, but for 2 slices of bread. I am not sure if this is because they are advertising it as 45 calories of slice, or to skew the results when people are comparing this to other types of bread. Once again I am reminded to always check serving size. However, there was some really good information there. One slice is only 45 calories, the total fat is only 0.5 grams, and the sodium is 115 mg. The sugars equal 1 gram, while there are 2 grams of dietary fiber. Each slice has 1 gram of whole grain. I went and checked the small print and found more good news. Each slice has 3 grams of protein, only 9 grams of crabs, and has 2% of the calcium and 4% of the iron suggested in our daily servings. I decided this was the time to try out this healthy version of the old staple.
When I opened the package at home I discovered a good wheat texture. It was not very hard, and has a nice light brown color that is in the usual range for wheat breads. The slices were slightly thinner than that of normal sliced bread. There end up being 13 serving (2 slice servings) in a loaf of bread while many other brands only have 9 or 10 servings in each loaf of bread. I wondered if that was the main way that they cut the calories, but this did not affect the ways I could use the bread at all. I had been afraid that it would tear and not hold up as well as other thicker bread, but this was not true at all. It also tasted good and had a good quality. Since I am not adverse to smaller portions I do not consider the slightly thinner bread a detriment. Overall I am very pleased with this purchase. It will become a staple for me to use in my home, even when I am not trying to watch my calories and stick to my diet. The price may be a little more, but this is a quality product. I fully recommend this product for anyone who is looking to make a nutritious substitution in their family’s diet.